Summer is creeping up on us very quickly and before you know it the kids will be off for their summer holidays and you’ll be packing up the car for your annual camping trip. This summer we believe you shouldn’t have to pay top prices for food or have to settle for quick dinners. In this blog, I’ll talk through all the essentials that you’ll need for perfect dinners in-front of a campfire.
Before anything you’ll need to make sure that your campsite allows fires.
Building a fire can be long but there are a few things that you can do to speed up the process. Make sure that you pick somewhere away from trees and bushes, and try and pick somewhere were the grass is already dead.
Next, you’re going to want to gather your wood. We suggest a tepee method to create your fire.
- Place your tinder bundle in the middle of your campfire site.
- Above your tinder bundle, form a tepee with some kindling. Leave an opening in your tepee on the side the wind is blowing against. This will ensure that your fire gets the air it needs and will blow the flames onto the kindling.
- Place a match under your tinder. Because this lay directs the flame up, the flame should rise to the kindling and then on to the fuel wood.
- The tepee structure will eventually fall, and at this point you can simply add some fuel logs to the fire.
Once the fire is slightly smaller you’ll need somewhere to grill your food we suggest this heavy-duty BBQ Grill with Foldable legs (it’s relatively cheap and cheerful)
All that comes next is the cooking. This can be as simple or as extravagant as you like (however we do advise cooking things with minimal ingredients to make it easier for yourself).
If you’re close to a town look for a local butcher where you should be able to buy pre-made beef and lamb burgers, cut steaks and pork. Most butchers will also sell marinated meats.
Cooking outside might make you feel like you’re having a meat overload so try and even it out with simple vegetables that can easily be chargrilled such as asparagus, aubergine (eggplant).
Once you know what you want, it’s time to start cooking. There is no perfect way to cook over a fire, so always go with what feels comfortable for you. After a couple of nights cooking you’ll have your own method sorted out.